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Hotel Transylvania
Bed and breakfast
by Mark Brown 16/11/2012
Product: Hotel Transylvania
Developer: WayForward
Format: DS
Genre: Film/ TV tie- in, Platform, Puzzle
Players: 1
Version: Europe
I've been playing a game that's set in a looming gothic mansion, with interconnected rooms and pathways. I'm playing as a vampire who beats up zombies and skeletons, and can turn into a bat or a misty apparition. Incredibly, it's not called Symphony of the Night.

It's actually called Hotel Transylvania, and it's a DS (and 3DS) tie-in for the movie of the same name. It uses the Castlevania template, so expect open-world exploration, complex maps, and areas you can't explore until you unlock some new ability.

But it's a highly concentrated take on the Konami classic, which has been so squished and simplified that the charms of Alucard's monster-hunting adventure are all but unrecognisable. ...
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Too short, too simple, too easy. This 'My First Castlevania' game is cute and charming, but there's not enough in this hotel to warrant staying the night
Audio/visual: 7
Gameplay: 5
Value: 3
Innovation: 3
Overall: 4
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